Oceaneering is devoted to creating a talented, diverse, and inclusive workforce. The Women in Technology series, presented in partnership with the Oceaneering Women’s Network, highlights the women contributing to our company’s technological advances. In this series, we discover what makes their jobs rewarding and what advice they have for the next generation of engineers.


Michelle Lang is the Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) Advisor for the Marine Services Division (MSD) headquartered in Chesapeake, Virginia. She finds it most rewarding when she sees that everyone is involved and aware of safety guidelines and working to ensure we’re staying safe on the job.

“Oceaneering has a great safety culture. It is instilled daily and has been seen throughout the company’s practices,” she said. “Everyone is involved. From the CEO to the VPs, all the way down to the field technicians, safety is consistently on the top of everyone’s daily tasks.”

In her role, Michelle is responsible for making sure Oceaneering’s safety culture is ingrained in everything the company does.

“I take pleasure in knowing that everyone goes home safely to their families and loved ones.”

She credits her peers at Oceaneering for creating an enjoyable work environment that people want to come into every day.

“[Oceaneering is] a welcoming company that has shown dedication and interest to all employees’ well-being and safety at work and at home, while limiting the impact on the environment.”

The biggest challenge Michelle has encountered in her role has been handling communication within a large company effectively.

“Communication can be a challenge in any company. Therefore, when policies change, or regulations are updated, I communicate these changes as soon as the change goes into effect,” she said. “I also conduct hands on, or classroom training, field inspections or exercises to ensure the changes are communicated and followed. I also ensure all supervisors participate and engage in all safety programs.”

Michelle’s advice to the next generation of women in technology is to get engaged in your field of interest.

“Get to know the field of work and the technical trades,” she said. “Learn the equipment. Guarantee all safety precautions are met whether it is the oil and gas, maritime, construction, or general industry fields.”

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